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Key Stage 2 English

In KS2 English remains fundamental to the overall development of the child and his access to the curriculum in all its aspects. Through the study of English, children develop the ability to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate effectively with others.

 

We continue to follow and adapt the English Literacy Framework and teach the subject daily to enable quality learning and teaching to take place which is appropriate to our international environment. Children are taught in groups for this subject according to their ability and needs so that those with particular needs, such as EAL or who need a slower pace, can be given support in small group or one on one situations. Regular assessment takes place throughout the term and there are many opportunities for movement within these ability groupings.

 

Each year group plans units of work from the English Literacy Primary Framework. (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/210969/NC_framework_document_-_FINAL.pdf)

 

Most children have mastered the technical elements of phonics by this stage and each English unit covers outcomes for speaking and listening, reading and writing.  We encourage children to practise their ideas and to “Talk for Writing” which enables children to imitate the key language and vocabulary needed for a particular topic before they try to read and analyse it. Writing is a staggered and progressive process, which involves writing in stages, planning, editing, and improving so that by the end of each unit children will aim to have a well organised, well presented, high quality piece of writing. English lessons will also cover the teaching and learning of sentence and text level work as well as VCOP. (Vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation). In the older years children learn to write effectively for a range of purposes and a range of readers, adapting their vocabulary and style as appropriate.

 

Children are taught to read accurately and fluently using a range of strategies. The older child is led to understand and respond to what he reads using inference and deduction where appropriate and to seek information and learn from the written word.

 

There is a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books available for the children to read independently and with enjoyment both in a wonderfully large school library and in the well stocked pod libraries which are of high quality and differentiated to cater for the individual needs of the children in our school.

 

Reading journals are given to every child so that in addition to class reading and guided reading sessions every child is expected to record a reading session at home each night which parents are asked to acknowledge.

 

Through their English lessons children will develop the ability to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate effectively with others. Opportunities are given in class drama activities for example the Y6 summer production, class assemblies, prize giving performances and choral speaking events and competitions such as “Mesaieed has got Talent” for the children to develop their Literacy through Oracy and they are given opportunities to express their ideas to a range of audiences. They are encouraged to listen and to respond appropriately to others understanding the need to adapt their speech to different situations.

 

Displays, posters, signs, labels, worksheets, textbooks, computer software, the internet and Smart boards are all an integral part of school life and all demand different levels of reading. Every opportunity is taken within the timetable to support and differentiate lessons to ensure the continued progress of reading within this stage.